Sunday, December 12, 2010

Why hello there!

 pinhole photograph made in handmade metal tin camera, 20-sec exposure
historic Brown Canyon Ranch, Southeastern Arizona

 I'm making new beginnings here at the end of the year.  It seems like the right thing to do.  It's a new website and companion blog time for me, and I hope to share an image here and there, and keep the topic of this blog to photography and creativity-related topics.

For the past 3 years, my work has been almost completely steeped in pinhole and vintage camera photography.  There is something about making my cameras with my own two hands that is very important to my creative process right now.  I make my cameras out of recycled containers mostly- food cans and thrift store containers, mostly.  Occasionally, I even hollow out squashes and other suitable fruits that can be made light-tight, and make them into cameras.

Another intriguing characteristic of lensless photography is the slow exposures, and capture of long stretches of time onto a single negative.  The shape the negative is bent inside the camera (or not bent)  also affects how the image is distorted (or not), and makes for really surreal images.

My family and I explore many historical places in our state, and pinhole photography adds a haunting element to photographs made of these places of long ago.  I find my fascination for the history and the ghostly pinhole imaging goes hand in hand with each other.

Anyway, it's good to be here.  Come visit me at my new and developing website:  .

Have a bright and happy holiday season!

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